Gabe Newell Says Windows 8 is a “Catastrophe”
On Tuesday night at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, WA, Gabe Newell, managing director and cofounder of Valve, had a sit-down chat with Ed Fries, the former vice president of game publishing at Microsoft. There, while explaining that what’s holding Linux’s wide-adoption back is its lack of games, Newell dropped a TRUTH BOMB on Fries regarding his feelings on Microsoft’s forthcoming operating system revamp, Windows 8:
“We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”
DAMN SON. Look out, Microsoft—Gabe just slammed your stuff all over the place. Apparently, he doesn’t have much faith in the new version of the venerable OS, which is set to launch on October 26. Now, as to whether or not this actually spells trouble for Microsoft is another thing entirely. Newell is an alpha-nerd, for sure, but it’s possible that his concerns won’t accurately reflect those of others. Not only that, but people tend to get pretty worked up about the newest version of Windows that comes down the pike, whether that worry is warranted or not.
Of course, considering Newell’s role in the eyes of fans versus that of Microsoft, it’s easy to see how his opinions might help to shape those of his legions of followers. I guess we’ll see this October, won’t we?